USA Health System REDCap

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What is REDCap?

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is an easy-to-use, secure, web-based application for capturing, using, and sharing research or performance improvement data. The University of South Alabama is a member of the REDCap consortium. Details about REDCap's general security features can be found at REDCap Technical Overview.

The USA Health System REDCap is hosted by health system servers and is approved for HIPAA compliant data capture including PHI. 

REDCap access and support is provided by Charles M. Baugh Biomedical Library. 

Benefits of REDCap

Online or offline project design
Online using the Online Designer or offline using a “data dictionary” template in Microsoft Excel that can be uploaded later into REDCap.

Secure and web-based
Input data or build an online survey or database from anywhere over a secure web connection with authentication and data logging.

Fast and flexible
Conception to production-level database or survey in less than one day.

Multi-site access
REDCap databases/surveys can be used by researchers from multiple sites and institutions.

Fully customizable
You are in total control of shaping your database or survey.

Audit trails
For tracking data manipulation and user activity.

Automated export procedures
For seamless data downloads to Excel, PDF, and common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R).

A built-in project calendar

A scheduling module

Ad hoc reporting tools

Many advanced features
Such as branching logic, file uploading, and calculated fields.

Requirements for REDCap

The USA Health System REDCap is primarily intended for faculty and staff of the University of South Alabama (USA), the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute, the USA Health University Hospital and the USA Health Children's & Women's Hospital. Students can apply for access when affiliated with a sponsoring faculty member. 

Human Subjects Research

If you are collecting data for the purpose of human subjects research, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is required. More information can be found at IRBNet.

The USA Health System REDCap allows for the collection of personal health information (PHI).

Citing REDCap

Please note that any publication that results from a project utilizing REDCap should cite the following.

Paul A. Harris, Robert Taylor, Robert Thielke, Jonathon Payne, Nathaniel Gonzalez, Jose G. Conde, Research electronic data capture (REDCap) - A metadata-driven methodology and workflow process for providing translational research informatics support, J Biomed Inform. 2009 Apr;42(2):377-81.

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